Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My "Must Have" Kitchen Gadgets

So as some of you know, I work part-time at Williams-Sonoma. I began working there in 2006 and have left only to have babies, returning AS SOON as I was able. I dont work for the money, I work for the discount... plus I work with amazing women and men.

I feel that I am somewhat savvy when it comes to working in the kitchen and only honestly say this with confidence because of the tools I have been introduced to. They have made my life as a full-time mother and therefore chef, much easier and less time consuming.

So here goes... some of my "MUST HAVE" items all from Williams-Sonoma... yeah you may be able to find them somewhere else, but what kind of employee would I be if I didnt promote my fabulous store (which it is).

(these are NOT in order of importance)...

If I told you that before last week I knew this little gadget did anyting more then remove the green stem, I would be lying. I only found out at work a few days ago, that it was actually taking the bitter part of the strawberry out. Prior to knowing that, I was giving all the credit to the strawberry farm for producing such perfect tasting strawberries. The bottom line is, if you or your family eat strawberries as much as mine, this tool is a must have.

This is very simple, very very simple. If you cook with garlic (and are talking fresh garlic here, not the already peeled garlic that is in a jar and ready for use), you need to purchase this handy little peeler. Quite simply, you place the unpeeled clove of garlic inside the little yellow tube, push down roll and voila, the skin pops right off. Even if you dont use garlic alot, for the $9 that it is, it is worth it.

(Photo from www.williams-sonoma.com)

{VeggigeChop Vegetable Chopper}

Just like the other two items above, I cannot handle a kitchen without this hand powered kitchen gadget. It will chop anything from tomatos to meats! The more you pull it, the finer the chop will be. To make salsa, add all your ingredients, pull and serve. The bowl and blades are dishwasher safe which allows for an easy cleanup. Additionally, this "fancy" little gadget is fool proof. The link above takes you to the items website where you can watch a video just to see how fool proof it is to use. I dont know if you've noticed yet but Im really all about saving time and energy.

(Photo by www.williams-sonoma.com)

{Breville Convection Countertop Oven}

And now, my newest and probably most used (honestly) kitchen must have.... yeah I know, this is a little bit bigger then a gadget... But it's something I am overjoyed that I purchased (which is probably the same way I will feel about the Vitamix once I breakdown and just finally buy it).

Ok back to the Convection oven, it has 9 functions... toast, bagel, bake, roast, broil, pizza, cookies, reheat and warm. Seriously! I have used it for all of those functions and was impressed from day 1. My husband was against getting a new toaster (we had the same one for 5.5 years and only one side of it was working yet he insisted we didnt need to use that side) but once I brought home this countertop jewel he was hooked... well lets clarify that, he hasnt said he's hooked but he hasnt mentioned that old broken toaster once (and he would if he wasn't hooked).

It has a two hour timer and a convection (OBVIOUSLY) function that allows you to cook foods 30% faster then in a traditional oven. It includes a baking tray, broiling tray and pizza pan. It can fit a 9" x 13" cake pan. The bottom line for this wonderful kitchen addition is that if you like to entertain and have only 1 oven, this item is a must have!

Well thats all I have time for today folks, my son needs to get to school. I hope you enjoyed my Williams-Sonoma promotion blog (i am not getting paid to write or say anything on this blog, this are my honest to God opinions and thoughts about these products)

Have a {fabulous} day!


  1. These gadgets look SO fun! Okay, now where is that Jessie birthday party post? I'm loving the silhouette Jessie and we need to see more!!! Details. :)

  2. Working on that this week... we had a camera malfunction of sorts and alot of the photos did not come out right so Im having to use my not so stellar photo editing skills to make them look decent. Thanks for your patience and for asking!